CD In London [Al Jarreau] [829421113324] (CD 6291660),
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In London [Al Jarreau] [829421113324]

  • 1. Raging Waters
    2. Trouble in Paradise
    3. Black and Blues
    4. I Will Be Here for You [Nitakungadea Milele]
    5. Let's Pretend
    6. Our Love
    7. Take Five
    8. High Crime
    9. Boogie Down
    10. Roof Garden
    11. Teach Me Tonight
    12. We're in This Love Together
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FRM1133

  • Credits
    ProducerTommy LiPuma; Joe Reagoso (Reissue)
    EngineerErik Zobler; Mick McKenna; Rick Ruggieri

    Personnel: Al Jarreau (vocals); Steve George, Richard Page (vocals); Charles "Icarus" Johnson (vocals, guitar); Michael Paulo (flute, saxophone); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Bobby Lyle, James Studer (keyboards, background vocals); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer, bass); Larry Williams (synthesizer); Nathan East (bass, background vocals); Malando Gassama (percussion);Michael Casey Young (programming).
    Recorded at Wembley Arena, London, England in November 1984.
    Personnel: James Studer (vocals, keyboards); Michael Paulo (flute, saxophone); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet, flugelhorn); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer); Malando Gassana (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Bill Schnee.
    Liner Note Author: Joe Reagoso.
    Recording information: Bill Schnee Studio (11/1984); Wembley Arena, London, England (11/1984).
    Photographer: Kevin Stapleton.
    This is a snapshot of Al Jarreau a few years after achieving pop stardom, caught live before a large crowd at London's Wembley Arena. In contrast with the lean, dynamically subtle backup band on the earlier live Look to the Rainbow, here Jarreau arms himself with a flashy, heavily electronic R&B/funk band with horns, and subtlety often goes out the window in favor of high-energy showmanship. Unlike his studio albums from this period, though, this concert allows him a little bit of room to display glimpses of his famous vocal acrobatics. The set starts with a burst of high-tech pizzazz on "Raging Waters" and "Black and Blues" and ultimately settles into a partying groove with "Roof Garden" and "We're In This Love Together." Though the concert makes for a pleasurable listen in the home, Warner could not capture the intimate connection that the live Jarreau made with his audiences in any of his periods, so one feels a bit removed from the action. The video version of the concert, by the way, contains a few songs that were not available on the audio release. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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